TagesAnzeiger – Gesucht: Biegsame Jungdiplomaten

Kurz vor Cassis‘ Amtsantritt präsentiert EDA-Personalchef Jacques Pitteloud seine Reformpläne: Er setzt auf junge, flexible Mitarbeiter.

Als designierter Aussenminister ist Ignazio Cassis im Departement für Auswärtige Angelegenheiten (EDA) schon seit Tagen präsent. Er besetzt ein Büro, begleitet Didier Burkhalter auf seinen Behördengängen, schüttelt reihum Hände und hält vor EDA-Abteilungen Reden über die Schweizer Aussenpolitik, die als eher kursorisch und wenig tiefschürfend beschrieben werden. Offiziell übernimmt Cassis das EDA aber erst am Mittwoch. Wie seine Vorgänger wird er im EDA eigene Ideen einbringen und Leute seines Vertrauens installieren.

Solche Machtwechsel sind delikate Momente. Das weiss auch der ehemalige Geheimdienstkoordinator Jacques Pitteloud, der als Direktor für Ressourcen im EDA auch die Personalführung verantwortet. Als oberster Personalchef arbeitet er seit Monaten an einem tiefgreifenden Reformprojekt.

Um das Vorhaben in die Ära Cassis zu überführen, hat sich Jacques Pitteloud letzte Woche mit einem Brief an alle Mitarbeiterinnen und Mitarbeitern des EDA gewandt. Im Schreiben, das dem Tages-Anzeiger vorliegt, erklärt er seinen Leuten in freundlichem, aber bestimmten Ton deren künftige Karriereaussichten.

Der Brief lässt offen, ob Cassis als neuer Departementschef mit den Massnahmen einverstanden ist. Pitteloud schreibt lediglich: «Die Einführung des neuen Systems dürfte wie vorgesehen auf Anfang 2019 erfolgen. Ein Steuerungsausschuss hat verschiedene Vorschläge und Leitlinien genehmigt».

Problematisch für Schweizer in Notsituationen im Ausland

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TagesAnzeiger – Der Schweizer Botschaft war meine Verhaftung egal

 

Der Journalist Filippo Rossi wurde in Venezuela festgenommen. Die anschliessende Betreuung durch die Schweizer Botschaft empfand er als ungenügend – Hilfe erhielt er von den Italienern.

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IRIN-News – #MeToo in the humanitarian world : The humanitarian world is not populated by saints.

Our friends and family sometimes think the humanitarian world is populated by saints. The general public might also think that (our fundraising campaigns certainly play on this). However, those of us who live in it know our sector is not so different from others. We walk amongst mortals – flawed human beings.

We* are two of those millions who tweeted #MeToo – recalling our own many experiences of harassment, from when we were schoolgirls, to this day – make no mistake, it is a pervasive factor in every woman’s life. But even though we are aid workers, we too experience sexual harassment and assault in the humanitarian world.

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swissinfo.ch – Kidnapped : Are Swiss aid workers taking too many risks?

Following the recent abduction of a Swiss aid worker in Sudan, Swiss Public Television SRF asks whether it is safe for individuals to work in crisis countries, or should it be left to larger organisations?

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GCSP – Newsletter October 2017

  • The PVE Newsletter has the pleasure to present ICAN and WASL’s new thematic briefs on policy and practice. The briefs help to inform national strategies on the best practice for preventing violent extremism and promoting sustainable peace.  You can discover the different angles and approaches discussed including: the prevention of violent extremism through dialogue, gender issues, the role of the protection of rights, and the relations between the Civil Society and the Emerging Security Paradigm.
  • We would like to share a very complete set of articles about the “Lessons from Africa on terrorism” published by ISS Africa in September 2017. The key point discussed is the Responsibility of the States: how states sometimes make the problem worse, their lack of understanding of the real meaning of extremism (for example misunderstanding the real motivations of why Malian youths join jihadi groups), the correlation between migration and extremism and the need to establish security policies which can help us to understand the real motivations of people who become terrorists.
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swissinfo.ch – Swiss aid worker kidnapped in Sudan

A Swiss aid worker has been abducted in Sudan’s northern Darfur region, the Swiss authorities have confirmed. Reports say the woman, who has lived for years in the country and collaborated with the United Nations, was taken from her home on Saturday evening.

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TagesAnzeiger – Schweizerin in der Nähe ihrer Wohnung im Sudan entführt

In der westsudanesischen Krisenregion Darfur ist eine Schweizerin entführt worden. Dies teilten das Schweizer Aussenministerium und eine UN-Verantwortliche im Sudan am Sonntag mit. Es soll sich um eine Entwicklungshelferin handeln.

Die Schweizerin habe seit vielen Jahren im Sudan gelebt und sei am Samstagabend in der Nähe ihrer Wohnung im Norden Darfurs entführt worden, sagte die UN-Koordinatorin für humanitäre Angelegenheiten, Marta Ruedas. Die Frau arbeite nicht direkt für die Vereinten Nationen, aber bei vielen Gelegenheiten mit ihnen zusammen.

Die Regierung in Khartum machte keine Angaben zu dem Fall. Laut Berichten in sozialen Medien arbeitet die Frau für eine Schweizer Nichtregierungsorganisation, die sich um Kinder in Darfur kümmert.

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OECD – Human Resource Management in States affected by Fragility and Conflict : Human Resource Development Policy Papers No.2

 

This study on Human Resource Management (HRM) in States Affected by Fragility and/or Conflict has been produced by the INCAF Secretariat in response to a request made by the INCAF Task Team on Implementation and Reform during its meetings of 25-26 March 2014.

The purpose of this publication is to:

  • provide a shared understanding of HRM issues to policy makers and practitioners involved in states affected by fragility and/or conflict (SFC)
  • outline a set of common challenges faced by INCAF members in relation to HRM in SFC
  • serve as a peer-learning tool by sharing ideas and experiences on innovative practices and reforms among members of the OECD/DAC’s International Network on Conflict and Fragility (INCAF), or from other organisations working in SFC.

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CHRnet – Staff Management and Conflict sensitive Human Resources Policies

Conflict sensitive Human Resources Policies and Staff Management are key particularly for working in fragile and conflict affected situations (FCS) since staff has an impact on the context and the context has an impact on staff. The elements of workforce diversity and psychosocial support should be taken into consideration for a conflict sensitive staff management. In addition, the SCO’s should invest in capacity building and knowledge transfer, especially in FCS that are characterized by high staff turnover.

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aljazeera – Why do some UN peacekeepers rape?

[Illustration by Jawahir Al-Naimi/Al Jazeera]

In the first of a four-part series, Al Jazeera examines the accusations of sexual abuse and exploitation against the UN.

UN peacekeepers are sent to the most war-ravaged countries on Earth, ostensibly to help them transition to peace.

But some stand accused of committing crimes against the very people they are supposed to protect.

According to a recent investigation by the Associated Press (AP), between 2004 and 2016, the United Nations received almost 2,000 allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse against its peacekeepers.

The UN says it has a zero-tolerance policy on sexual exploitation and abuse, but survivors, activists, lawyers and human rights organisations say such crimes have been allowed to continue with impunity.

Through conversations with UN peacekeepers and officials, gender experts, academics, researchers and activists, as well as through an investigation of UN data, in this four-part series, we try to navigate these competing accounts to answer the question: How did some peacekeepers become predators?

In part one, we examine the history of accusations against the UN.

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